Practice Emphasis on a Home Retreat
Home Retreat is a committed, prescribed period of time when we intensify our meditative focus beyond our usual home practice by:
Applying old skills gleaned from residential retreats, such as:
Applying techniques learned on retreat in order to support continuity of sati-sampajañña.
Deepening intention by reflecting on previously attained wholesome states of mind that were realized on formal retreat.
Remembering to restrain the senses (indriya-samvara) thus catalyzing continuity of effort by embracing renunciation (nekkhamma).
Restraint of the Senses (indriya-samvara): 1. Restraint of the senses is a multi-tiered meditative practice that encompasses a conscious effort to restrain our speech and actions in the outer world and to bring sati to any sense object at the moment of its arising in consciousness. By not indulging in the habit of taking that which is pleasant in a mental process that leads to clinging or that which is unpleasant in a mental process that leads to aversion, we train the mind to stay with what is. allan cooper 2. Sense restraint is a practice within Clear Comprehension. Circumstances define what skills we apply. Applied sense restraint is a ‘Gradual Path’ which is supported by continuous determination imbued with a caring patience. allan cooper 3. AN 4:198. 4. AN 4:37 5. DN 2:64, 6. MN 38.
Renunciation (nekkhamma): 1. In the Noble Eightfold Path, nekkhamma is the first practice associated with “Right Intention.” In the Theravada list of ten perfections, nekkhamma is the third practice of perfection (pārami) . It involves non-attachment (detachment) and limiting choices. Wikipedia. 2. Renunciation is an everyday practice that can simplify a person’s life by eliminating habitual reliance on habit and preference. allan cooper 3. MN 137:10-15.
Right Speech (sammā-sankappa): 1 . The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering. Chapter Four. Bhikkhu Bodhi. 2. MN 117: 3. MN 61:4. DN 2: 5. SN 45:8, 6. AN 5:198, 7. AN 10:176, etc.
Right Action (sammā-kammanta): The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering. Chapter Three. etc.
Right Livelihood (sammā-ājīva): The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to End Suffering. Chapter Three. etc.
Abbreviations in footnotes: AN: Aṅguttara Nikāya, DN: Dingha Nikāya, MN: Majjhima Nikāya, SN: Saṃyutta Nikāya